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Does New York really deserve to be the 22nd healthiest city in the country?

Why did New York City do so poorly in the 2012 ranking of the country's fittest cities? The researched don't understand New York real estate.
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According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) recently released 2012 American Fitness Index, New York ranks 22nd on a list of the country’s healthiest cities. The city that placed first? Minneapolis-St. Paul.

New York did move up eight spots since last year, but we’re still baffled.

Here’s the thing: there are many areas in the report that our city needs to improve on. We lost points, for example, for the percentage of residents with diabetes and a high death rate from heart disease. That’s a serious bummer.

But over the past few years, our city has been getting healthier, one farmer’s market at a time. Our sugar-and-fat hating mayor has banned smoking in parks and on beaches, banned big-gulp sodas, paved miles of bike lanes, and is on track to plant a million new trees.

And here’s the worst part: The Big Apple lost points in the ranking because of too few tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses, and baseball diamonds. The ACSM is clearly New York-real estate clueless.

How about ultra-packed spin studios, boutique fitness hotspots and juice bars on every block, and outdoor yoga and fitness classes in every park and pier from May through September? We don’t have a lot of space, but we know how to use what we’ve got.

Next year, maybe the bike-share program will give us another boost towards the top.